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ERIC Number: ED524665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 112
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Trends in Chicago's Schools across Three Eras of Reform
Luppescu, Stuart; Allensworth, Elaine M.; Moore, Paul; de la Torre, Marisa; Murphy, James
Consortium on Chicago School Research
"Trends in Chicago's Schools Across Three Eras of Reform" finds that Chicago Public Schools has experienced tremendous growth in graduation rates over the past 20 years, but learning gains have been modest. The report tracks elementary and high school test scores and graduation rates in Chicago since 1988, when U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett proclaimed the city's public schools to be the worst in the nation. Key findings from the report include: (1) Graduation rates in Chicago have improved dramatically, and high school test scores have risen; more students are graduating without a decline in average academic performance; (2) Math scores have improved incrementally in the elementary/middle grades, while elementary/middle grade reading scores have remained fairly flat for two decades; (3) Racial gaps in achievement have steadily increased, with white and Asian students making more progress than Latino students, and African American students falling behind all other groups; and (4) Despite progress, the vast majority of CPS [Chicago Public Schools] students have academic achievement levels that are far below where they need to be to graduate ready for college. Appended are: (1) Reform Timeline; (2) Rescaling the ITBS [Iowa Tests of Basic Skills] to the ISAT [Illinois Standards Achievement Tests]; (3) Survey Administration and Rasch Scaling; (4) Calculating Graduation and Dropout Rates; and (5) Statistical Modeling of Outcomes. (Contains 2 footnotes, 4 tables, 53 figures and 39 endnotes.) [This report was written with Sanja Jagesic. For "Trends in Chicago's Schools across Three Eras of Reform: Summary of Key Findings. Research Summary," see ED524669.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Chicago Community Trust
Authoring Institution: Consortium on Chicago School Research
Identifiers - Location: Illinois